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Sunday, 17 January


Friends of the Earth Kuranda: Mareeba Shire Council Plan – A Disaster for Kuranda "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

We are very concerned that Mareeba Shire Council will meet next Wednesday and are set to adopt the new Mareeba Shire Council Plan which replaces the 2012 Tablelands Regional Council Plan.  Many protections in the former plan will be scrapped. We ask that this Council postpone finalization of the MSC Draft Plan until a new Kuranda Regional […]


tyto tony: Take a butcher's at this colourful lot "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

But it's brown, why's it called a Black Butcherbird? I'm glad you asked. In North Queensland - but not too far north - Cracticus quoyi race rufescens comes with either black or rufous young, in the same nest sometimes. The rufous birds change to black in their second year (note black emerging on bird's left wing. They'll also stick around and help their parents feed the next generation.

But it's brown, why's it called a Grey Teal? I'm sorry you asked, because I've no idea. Possibly because calling it brown would confuse it with Chestnut Teal. The species confuse themselves and others by hybridizing sometimes.

But it's black, why isn't it called the Yellow-streaked-necked-male Bittern? Ha! They get it right sometimes, though the female isn't really ver...

17:29 Trump and Cruz favoured to become Presidential nominees "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

News Updates from CLG
16 January 2016

Breaking:Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal; Sanctions Are Lifted | 16 Jan 2016 | International inspectors confirmed Saturday that Iran had dismantled large sections of its nuclear program, as agreed in a historic accord last summer, paving the way for the lifting of oil and financial sanctions by the United States and other world powers. The announcement came just hours after Iran said it had released four Americans, including The Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, as part of a prisoner swap with the United States…In a statement, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said that "agency inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures required under the JCPOA, to enable implementation day to occur," using the acronym for the accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Republicans now see a Trump-Cruz race, with time for a shift running out | 16 Jan 2016 | As the presidential primary moves into a more urgent and combative phase, there is growing acceptance among Republicans, including the Washington and financial elite, that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are the two candidates most likely to become the party’s nominee. Their commanding performances at the sixth debate – along with their continued dominance in national and early state polls – has solidified the conclusion of many Republicans that the campaign is becomi...


tyto tony: Dusky Musky mimsey whimsy "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Dusky Musky,
gipsy Hypsi,
mimsy whimsy.

Walla Wallaman Falls


A Snail's Eye View: Nature Photo Challenge #1: Grey-headed Robin "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A friend tagged me on Facebook in a nature photo a day challenge, so I thought I'd share those photos here.

Today's pic is of a grey-headed robin sunbathing in the garden. Endemic to north-east Queensland, grey-headed robins are common and conspicuous residents of upland rainforests.

Despite the common name, they are not related to European robins, but they do have grey heads, so well done whoever settled on that epithet*.

They might hop around the garden looking all cuddly and winsome, but grey-headed robins are keen enforcers of the bird bath pecking order and ferocious predators of small insects. Given the chance, they will also clean up dropped crumbs, because who knows where the next meal is coming from? It's a jungle out there.

Although they are usually quiet birds, even when shouldering others out of the bird bath, they have a distinctive call. Their peep-peep-peep-peep-peeps are as much a part of the dawn and dusk choruses as the yowls of spotted catbirds and the seamless duets of eastern whipbirds. You can hear the call in this lovely video from Crater Lakes Cottages (near Lake Eacham). 

Another Nature Photo Challenge pic tomorrow.

* Don't get me started on common names.


North Coast Voices: Natural Gas & Coal Seam Gas: A lesson in consequences for Australian federal and state governments "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When gas mining went wrong on a large scale in America..........

LA Times, 6 January 2016:

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered new regulations, including stepped-up inspections and safety measures, for all natural gas storage facilities in California in response to the continuing leak that has displaced thousands of people in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The emergency regulations would require Southern California Gas Co. and other operators of gas storage facilities to conduct daily inspections of wellheads using infrared leak-detection technology, verify the mechanical integrity of wells, measure gas flow and pressure and regularly test safety valves, among other steps.



North Coast Voices: Conservative ideologues, bankers and employers determined to have their way on wages, unions & industry not-for-profit super funds "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian unions, the successful not-for-profit super funds they administer and enterprise agreements are all well and truly in the firing line as Australia enters the 2016 election year.

The Australian, 11 January 2016:

A new clash is looming over rules that can ban millions of workers from choosing their own retirement fund as the government tries to increase choice in the $2 trillion superannuation industry.
Despite fears it will be accused of running an “ideological” campaign against funds that are backed by unions, the Coalition will move to scrap a key part of the industrial relations regime that gives unions and employers the right to limit fund choice for up to 4.7 million workers.
The push sets up a new fight in the Senate after parliament resumes within weeks, but armed with a warning from trade union royal commissioner Dyson Heydon against the “tyranny of the majority” being allowed to dictate where workers put their retirement savings, the governm...

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Saturday, 16 January


nellibellingen: Bellingen Seed Savers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

We are a group of like-minded growers of useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Source: Bellingen Seed Savers

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sunshinecoastbirds: A Feast of Feathers: Seeing All the World's 234 Bird Families "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hypocolius - Greater Rann of Kutch, India: Family Hypocolius (1 spp)
It didn't exactly take the breath away, but there it was. A drab, olive-green bird sitting motionless in a heavily forested gully in Darien National Park, in the far south of Panama. The bird was a Sapayoa, an enigmatic bird with a family of its own, and the only one of the world's 234 bird families that until that moment in October 2015, I had not seen.

Black-lored Parrot - Buru, Indonesia: Family Old Wo...


Environment East Gippsland Inc: When backburns backfire "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Friday, January 15, 2016

Leaked documents and The Age’s excellent exposé on the disastrous decisions by DELWP fire managers before Christmas, again highlights this culture of gung-ho-ness which is causing so many losses – personal, social and environmental.

There was more fire-excitement, more bad decisions, more escaped government burns, more homes lost, more wildlife killed, more heartache and angst. We will see yet another enquiry that will recommend exactly the same  - fire management needs to improve. This DELWP created disaster happened just weeks after the Lancefield escape burn report and recommendations came out. It repeated what the last enquiry said, and the one before that and so on.

Basically, rather than throwing resources at putting a lightning strike out on the 19th December DELWP managers chose to light more fire. Despite the army of water bombers the state now claims it has, despite the known effectiveness of their ground attacks on smaller fires like this one was, the Department’s fire boys decided to increase the fire perimeter just when they knew bad fire weather was coming. Hey Presto – 115 homes destroyed! (Oh whoops).


in the garden: Garlicking "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Come and visit us at Newstead Live! to get your good tasting garlic and help us raise the funds needed to pay for our community garden water bill. We’ll be set up in Panmure Street, outside the Anglican church (in front of the garden) all day on Saturday January 23. Well, until 6pm. Thanks to […]


Beachmere Blog: Seeking Local Artists "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Beachmere Area Network Group (BANG) is seeking expressions of interest from local artists for two possible projects in the area.
  • Water Tower Project. Discussions have been held with group Artrageous and Unitywater about decorating the Water Tower. Shortly there will be a series of community polls/meetings to determine what the local community would like to see on the water tower.
  • Art Exhibition. BANG has applied for funding for an art exhibition to feature local women artists (condition of the grant), and would like to hear from any local artists who would be interested in being involved with the project – as volunteers, and/or contributing to the exhibition with their art works. It will be a couple of weeks before we learn if we have been successful with the grant, however, we are keen to do it even if we do not receive the grant. If you are interested, could you send an email to...


MLUG - Melbourne Linux Users Group: start "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502Email TOPIC: General geeky discussions on open source, system admin and programming.


The Witches Kitchen: Turmeric Dusted Whiting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

turmeric dusted whiting

Turmeric likes my subtropical climate, which is very lucky because fresh turmeric is one of my all-time favourite spices and hugely healthy.  I have a patch of it that takes absolutely no attention.  All I do with it is dig up a rhizome when I want it for curries or stir fries or to add a touch of spiciness to just about anything.  .

This time of year, I also dry a bit for recipes like this one.  It’s very easy – just peel and slice very thin, leave in the sun for a few hours on a hot day, then blend to a powder.

Whiting are still listed as sustainable, and there are very few ways to improve on just frying fresh whiting fillets.  But this turmeric dusting adds a crispy, mildly spicy coating that is very addictive.

You want about one part in ten turmeric powder to plain flour for dusting for this recipe.  So for 500 grams of whiting fillets, I use one teaspoon of turmeric powder and ten teaspoons (or three good dessertspoons) of flour.  Plus a pinch of salt.  An easy way to do it is to put the turmeric, flour and salt in a container with a lid and shake together, then add the whiting fillets and shake again to coat.

Then just heat a heavy frypan with a little olive oil till it is very hot but not smoking.  Fry the dusted fish quickly, just a minute or so each side, till they are golden.  Serve with a crisp green salad, or lightly steamed beans or broccolini or snow peas, and a wedge of lemon. Or just put them on a platter to share, and eat them in your fingers...


Westender – West End 4101: West End Street Art Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

For more West End Street Art see the public Facebook site Click on any image to view as gallery

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Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: The domino effect "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


The domino effect is best described as a chain reaction of events started from a single action. The time between these cumulative events is usually very small and shows a similar cause and effect (although often magnified). The expression is so named after the falling of strategically placed dominoes—you know, those small black tiles with little white dots. And the domino effect was certainly in place the day a little black and white goat found herself all alone and loveless in an inner Melbourne suburb. Setting off a chain reaction of kindness was the burly police officer who offered his outstretched hand and heart to the frightened creature. Although somewhat reluctantly accepting this gesture, the young kid was taken to a nearby veterinary clinic. She was handed over along with the words, “Can you please see if she can go to Edgar’s Mission?”


And the kindness continued as the vet nurse set about comforting the tiny waif with one hand while reaching for the phone with the other. Not long thereafter, our kindness van was seen heading out our front gate and southward bound. Returning some hours later with our new friend, Domino, the change reaction of kindness was almost complete. After a thorough veterinary examination, including standard parasite control and health checks, little Domino was introduced to three other baby goats who too had recently found sanctuary within our bounds. Whilst the cheeky Pee Wee had to be reminded that “our mission is kindness, and only friendly head butts are allowed”, Domino quickly recognised her own kind and her rehabilitation was underway.



North Coast Voices: Electoral redistribution in federal seats and what it might mean on NSW Far North Coast in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), Proposed redistribution of New South Wales into electoral divisions, October 2015:

A total of 944,592 electors or 19.42 per cent of electors in NSW would change from their current federal electoral division under the proposed redistribution. Once a redistribution is final, the AEC automatically transfers existing elector enrolments, where required, to the correct electoral division.

The augmented Electoral Commission has adopted boundary changes* in the Cowper,Page, and Richmond electorates proposed by the Redistribution Committee for New South Wales.

Electoral boundary changes on NSW Far North Coast according to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC):



ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Cathar history, Cathar architecture "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

11th century records from the Roman Catholic Church described how Catholic theologians were debating amongst themselves whether Cathars were Christian heretics or whether they were not Christians at all.  As Dualists, Cathars believed in two principles, a good creator God and his evil adversary Satan. These Good Christians maintained a Church hierarchy and practised religious ceremonies, but rejected the idea of priesthood. Vegetarians, the Cathars led very ascetic lives, working for their living in itinerant manual trades like weaving. They were strict and literal about biblical injunctions.

In the Languedoc, known at the time for its high culture, tolerance and liberalism, the Cathar religion took root and bloomed during the C12th. By the early C13th Catharism was probably the majority religion in the area, supported by the nobility as well as commoners. This was yet another annoyance to the Roman Church which considered the feudal system to be divinely ordained as the Natural Order.

In open debates, the Cathars character­ised the Catholic Church as the Church of Wolves. On the other side, Catholics acc­us­ed Cathars of heresy and said they belonged to the Syn­agogue of Satan - the Cathars seemed to have come out on top! As a result, a number of theologic­al­ly literate Catholic priests become Cathar adherents. The Catholic Church and its richest bejewelled men were being ridiculed! Worst, Cathars declined to pay tithes to the Catholic Church.

As a result the Catholic side created striking propaganda and when the propaganda failed, there was only option left - the Albigensian Crusade. Pope Innocent III called a formal Crusade against the Cathars of the Languedoc, appointing a series of military leaders to head his Holy Army, including Simon de Monfort. This Languedoc Crusade continued for two generations. In time, the Kings of France took over as leaders of what had now become a "royal" crusade....


Wave: HEMP Embassy Headlines 185 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Drug War crimes are coming to your street

Drive by law enforcement with fire power and roadside law enforcers with swab testers. Police are forgetting about evidence, impairment or justice and continuing to cause more harm than good old Cannabis.

The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.

‘I’m growing something that is helping people’: Meet the man who is risking jail by supplying marijuana to the critically ill. [dailymail]

‘And mate, there are two blokes who both have daughters with childhood epilepsy and they have only good things to say about the effect it has had on their kids, so I will keep doing it.’ One of those ‘blokes’ is Peter Rule. His three-year-old daughter, Larisa, suffered brain damage at birth, leaving her partially blind and deaf, and with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.



Nimbin HEMP: HEMP Embassy Headlines 185 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

drug wars

Drug War crimes are coming to your street

Drive by law enforcement with fire power and roadside law enforcers with swab testers. Police are forgetting about evidence, impairment or justice and continuing to cause more harm than good old Cannabis. 

The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.

‘I’m growing something that is helping people’: Meet the man who is risking jail by supplying marijuana to the critically ill. [dailymail]

‘And mate, there are two blokes who both have daughters with childhood epilepsy and they have only good things to say about the effect it has had on their kids, so I will keep doing it.’ One of those ‘blokes’ is Peter Rule. His three-year-old daughter, Larisa, suffered brain damage at birth, leaving her partially blind and deaf, and with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.


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Friday, 15 January


Alive 90.5: Lake Parramatta Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Be active these school holidays and enjoy the walks in Lake Parramatta Reserve There are three well-signposted walks in the reserve, one being the 4.2km Lake Circuit which takes 60-90 minutes passing beautiful eucalypts, wildflowers, sandstone steps and rock caves. (More...)


Alive 90.5: Australia Day 2016 at Holroyd City "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

PROGRAM Join Holroyd for the most celebrated event of the year – Australia Day 2016! We are pulling out all stops to deliver an exciting line-up of live performances, fun activities, free amusements for the kids and a spectacular fireworks (More...)


Alive 90.5: Wanderland comes to Eat Street "IndyWatch Feed Sydney" When: 16th Jan 2016 5:00pm-7:30pm Where: Eat St (Church St) Parramatta Contact: Major Events on 9806 5050 Cost: Free Description Come along to Eat Street and support the Western Sydney Wanderers FC as they take on Sydney FC at Pirtek (More...)


Alive 90.5: Young Men’s Health Forum "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Conviction group is a not-for-profit organization which aims to break the stigma around young men’s health. Based in the Hills district, Conviction runs a Young Men’s Health Forum in conjunction with the Castle Hill RSL. Last year 300 boys from (More...)


Ocean Grove Voice: Pink Zinc all female surf patrol "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


A COMBINED Ocean Grove SLSC and Point Lonsdale SLSC all star female surf patrol took control of Point Lonsdale surf beach on Sunday 10 January.
The day dubbed ‘Pink Zinc Patrol’ was a first for both Bellarine Peninsula-based surf life saving clubs as up to 30 female lifesavers kindly volunteered their services to do surf patrol on the day.
“The aim of this patrol was to encourage and celebrate the female patrolling members of Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove SLSC’s and to promote female leadership within in these clubs and the Surf Life Saving community,” Pink Zinc Patrol Organiser, Simone White said.
State Labor Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville was a guest of honour on the day.

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Ocean Grove Voice: Wightman wins at Lorne "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


OCEAN Grove based gun middle distance runner Nick Wightman took out the prestigious Mountain to Surf 8km event on Friday 8 January.
The 31-year-old’s maiden win at Lorne followed his victory in the 10km Rip to River Classic, a race he has won five times from Point Lonsdale lighthouse to Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club on 2 January.
Wightman won the 8km race in a time of 23:48, less than a minute outside the race record held by Steve Moneghetti from 2006, 22:52.
“The Mountain to Surf I really wanted to win this year because it is one of the fun runs I had not won before – it sort of suits me that kind of run because I do a lot of cross country and mountain running,” Wightman said.
“I do like the course.”
FELLOW Ocean Grove local James Dalton claimed a personal best fourth place to finish in 25:12 in the 8km Mountain to Surf.
“I was pretty surprised with the result,” Dalton told the Voice.
FEDERAL Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson also competed in the Mountain to Surf 8km race.
IN the annual Pier to Pub swim held at Lorne on Saturday 9 January, a total of 41 Ocean Grove locals competed Some of the highlights included Ocean Grove’s Mark Graham second-place finish in the Senior Male category in 12:13 in the 1.2km event.
FORMER Ocean Grove SLSC competitor Harriet Brown won her fifth Pier to Pub 1.2km crown in the Open Female category in a time of 10:51.
In the Open Male category event won by six-time Pier to Pub winner Sam Sheppard in 10:02, Graham backed up with a highly credible 16th place to finish in 11:42.
IN the Veteran Male category Ocean Grove locals Robin Asher and Mark Stone finished fifth and eighth respectively.
BOTH Mountain to Surf run and Pier to Pub swim events attracted nearly 6000 competitors across two days.

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Fig Jam and Lime Cordial: Everyday Stories "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

“I wish I’d married someone compliant..”, I said. “Why? So that everyone would go along with your crazy plans?” he replied. It’s hard to believe that twenty-seven years have passed since this photo was taken. I can’t say that it’s been a doddle, but after all this time, he still finds me amusing and I still think […]


Ocean Grove Voice: Plastic Lions worth a penny "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

THE Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club announced its final tally for its recent bushfire appeal last Friday – $7,000 in just two weeks.
Club president Lloyd Smith, who was at Bendigo Bank to count the donations, said it was a fantastic result.
“It weighs a ton,” he said, as he lifted a bucket of coins to tip into the money counter.
Lloyd was astounded by the generosity of locals, tourists and businesses alike.
“We are very appreciative of people putting their spare coins in,” he said.
“It was a tremendous result – we’ve had a few $50 bills, some twenties and plenty of fives.”
The club left plastic lions at businesses around Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads to collect money for victims of the recent Great Ocean Road fires.
Lloyd said the funds would go to the Lorne and Apollo Bay Lions Clubs to distribute to their local communities.
“They’ll know best who in the area has been affected by the fires,” he said.
“It will really go towards helping the residents living there.”
The club president thanked all the businesses involved in the appeal, as well as anyone who donated.

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Ocean Grove Voice: Dave, Dave and Des "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

VICTORIAN comedy icons Dave “Hughesy” Hughes, Dave O’Neil and Des Dowling will return to Barwon Heads for a one-night show this Friday.
“It was so much fun last time and it’s a great drive down,” Hughesy said.
“It’s the perfect summer-time gig – people are all on holidays and relaxed.”
Dave said 400 people showed up for the gig last year. He even spotted Master Chef judge Matt Preston in the audience.
“We had a great response,” he said.
“We’ve each got three kids, so we’re happy to get out of the house.”
It’s the second time down for Hughesy, who’s famous for his stand-up comedy, work on The Footy Show and presenting for Nova FM.
Hughesy, now hosting Australia’s Got Talent, said he had no problem finding time for some stand-up comedy, saying his January was “quite free”.
“I love doing stand-up comedy,” he said.
“If I don’t do a gig for a week I think ‘Jesus, I’ve got to get on stage!’”
“I just organise the gigs – he’s just happy to come down and do them,” Dave added.
Hughesy grew up on the coast as a “Warrnambool boy” and loves getting down to the beach during summer.
“I was a boogie-boarder not surfer though, so I don’t have any credibility,” he said.
It’s the third time down for Dave, who’s now working at ABC 774 Melbourne.
“I’m getting a bit older so I’ve moved on to the ABC – the intellectual station,” Dave said.
Dave and Hughesy worked for years together on Nova FM as presenters.
“I met him when he was on the dole – back when he used to ask for my advice,” Dave said.
“He’s a good writer and he gets a lot of laughs.”
“Dave’s almost like family to me,” Hughesy said.
“I’ll never forget how he helped me when I started out.”
Both comedians have worked with Des Dowling, who made the unique transition from A Current Affair journalist to comedian.
“He’s a great guy,” Hughesy said.
“We’re all very tight-knit in th...


Ocean Grove Voice: Bunnies will be busted "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

BELLARINE Landcare will launch a campaign to control rabbit populations next month, which a local expert says are nearing “plague proportions”.
Chairman of Bellarine Landcare’s Rabbit Action Committee, Geoff McFarlane, said Bellarine locals were not doing enough to control the pests.
“They’re a very destructive animal in terms of vegetation and pastures,” he said.
Geoff said rabbits were almost impossible to eradicate and at best their populations could be controlled.
“Even if you get the population down to two rabbits, you’ll have 184 in 18 months,” he said.
Geoff said Bellarine residents had to work together to control rabbits, with anything less than a 93 per cent kill rate being a “failure”.
Some of the main methods for killing rabbits include fumigation, ripping up warrens and Pindone, a poison hidden in oats.
“If you use one control measure alone you’ll be unsuccessful,” Geoff said.
Geoff said while farmers had worked hard to control rabbits, small blocks of land on the urban-rural fringe remained a major concern.
He said some of these landholders, who “moved for the country lifestyle”, have “rabbits hopping all over their front lawns”.
“A lot of people in urban areas would say they are lovely furry little things and that we shouldn’t harm them,” he said.
“But the amount of damage they do to our biodiversity is incredible.”
Geoff added that property owners were responsible for controlling pests on their land under Victorian legislation.
Landcare has about 25 cluster leaders to co-ordinate the control efforts of 10 or 15 landholders each.
Geoff hopes to sign up 30 or more, and map each warren in the Bellarine.
For information visit the Bellarine Landcare’s website.

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Ocean Grove Voice: Cathy saddles up "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


MOTHER of four Cathy Slevin is one of several Ocean Grove cyclists who will ride in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race this month.
Although Cathy’s a keen rider, it’s the first time she’s ridden in the event.
“I haven’t done anything like this before,” she said.
Cathy will ride in memory of her father Brian, who died a couple years ago at the age of 68.
Brian was riding enthusiast, competing when he was younger and volunteering for numerous cycling events.
He also competed at the Australian Masters Games.
“He would have been rapt that it goes through Barwon Heads and Geelong,” Cathy said.
“If he was alive he would have been so excited I was doing this.”
Cathy’s riding in the 68km Peoples Ride and has been training by riding roughly 20km a week, to the Barwon Heads Airport and 13th Beach Windmill.
“I’ve been trying to get out at least once a week but its hard juggling work and the kids,” she said.
Cathy hopes to see her family cheering her on during the race.
“They won’t be getting dinner if they don’t,” she joked.
“No – they are very excited.”

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Ocean Grove Voice: Our team at the fires "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


SEVERAL volunteer firefighters from Ocean Grove travelled to the Otways this summer to help fight bushfires that devastated the region.
First Lieutenant Steve Gibbs led a team of fire-fighters who travelled to Lorne, Wye River and Kennett River to reinforce houses against the oncoming blaze.
Steve remembers patrolling through the eerily deserted Wye River Caravan Park on 29 December.
“What would normally be a bustling caravan park was empty, as the whole town had been evacuated,” he said.
“The beach was deserted too.”
Steve said it was relief that police had already conducted doorknocks and evacuated the area.
He saw few people other than emergency services and praised the planning which prevented loss of life.
“It’s down to the planning by CFA, council and the community themselves,” he said.
“While there was a lot of financial loss, it certainly reduced the chance of it being worse.”
On 6 January Steve and a team of fire-fighters conducted ground observation in the burnt areas, seeing the devastation first-hand.
“It was very sobering to see what had once been a pristine area,” he said.
“Even as a fire-fighter it reinforces that message that fire is out there – you can prevent and control it, but it’s a force we all have to respect.”
Steve was also happy for the chance to “give back” by patrolling Kennett River Caravan Park, which he has visited since he was young.
Fortunately, the fires did not reach the caravan park.

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2RRR: Country Roads "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Sunday 17 January
6 – 9am Country Roads
The Country Roads Program winds its’ way back into town this Sunday with Ronnieboy ridin’ high in the saddle. Graeme has already headed to Tamworth so Ronnieboy is up with the sparras again at 6am and doing a cracker of a show through to 9am.


Ocean Grove Voice: It’s the camp of fun "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

FOUR Ocean Grove youngsters enjoyed five days of fun and adventure at the Licola Wilderness Village this month.
Surfside Primary’s Lauchie enjoyed the giant swing, while Katelyn, from Ocean Grove Primary, said the flying fox was “fantastic”.
For fellow students Tabby (Surfside) and Arduin (Ocean Grove) the highlight was canoeing on the Macalister River.
Other activities included ‘the leap of faith’, archery, cooking, mini golf, swimming and the high ropes.
Licola Wilderness Village is run by the Lions Club and hosts 130 children between eight and 12 from around Geelong each January.
The camp’s 33 volunteers and eight outdoor activity leaders encourage teamwork and challenge the children to exceed their expectations.
The Victorian Lions Club purchased Licola more than 40 years ago, transforming the 15-cottage sawmill village into an outdoor adventure centre.
Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads Lions Club has supported the camp for years with student sponsorships and is now looking for future sponsors for local young people.
For more information contact John Claringbold on 0425 750 387.

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Ocean Grove Voice: Surf event moved to Ocean Grove "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Compiled by Gary Stephens

AT THE halfway mark of the 2015-’16 season, it was third time unlucky as far as the conditions went for the 13th Beach Boardriders.
The swell was small and the strong wind out of the south west forced the club to hold the comp at Ocean Grove.
The onshore conditions didn’t deter competitors and again there was a solid turn-out of members who used the conditions to look for ramps to bust some airs, which made for an interesting days watching and judging.
The Super Groms revelled in the conditions and put on a fine display of surfing trying to impress the senior members.
Final results were:
Open A: 1st Josh Johnson-Baxter, 2nd Shawn Todd, 3rd Tom Harrison, 4th Gus Harfield.
Open Women: 1st Imogen Werner, 2nd Jemima Hutchins.
Open B: 1st Tod S., 2nd Sam Fitzgerald, 3rd Lois W., 4th Jimmy Adam.
Seniors: 1st Shawn Todd, 2nd Shane Vincent, 3rd Christian Prittchett, 4th Damien Robertson.
Masters: 1st Craig M., 2nd Shane Vincent, 3rd Andy Barlow.
Juniors: 1st Harry, 2nd Declan Bradley, 3rd Jack Priestly, 4th Lochie Ritchie.
Cadets: 1st Emma Walker, 2nd Charlie Mahoney, 3rd Sean, 4th Harry Dott.

Super Groms
U14: 1st Zeph, 2nd Charlie, 3rd Sean, 4th Jet S.
U12: 1st Jack, 2nd Isaiah, 3rd Mahani, 4th Francis, 5th Charlie, 6th Banjo, 6th Jet.
U10: 1st Jerry, 2nd Monty, 3rd Ted, 4th Fred, 5th Max.
A very big thanks to Billabong for sponsoring this event and their ongoing support over many years.
It’s been a big month for the 13th club, we had a number of stoked groms compete and achieve success in the Micro Grom Cup at Ocean Grove.
Billy and Ellie Harrison both place third in their respective divisions at the South Oz Gromsearch.
Also Billy, Ellie and Henry Hutchins have just returned home with the Victorian State Team from the Aussie Title on North Stradbroke Island, where Billy finished third in the Under 16 Division and...


Ocean Grove Voice: Grubbers unveil playing strip "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


OCEAN Grove Football Club unveiled its 2016 playing strip last week at their new headquarters at Shell Road.
This year’s guernsey has been brought back to life and was last used in 1999 during the Grubbers equalmost dominant era, where the club won four flags in a row from 1994 to 1997 under Brendan McCartney.
“We are rapt to go back to a very successful jumper that we have played in in the past and one that the members voted on unanimously, and it was really good to unveil that,” Ocean Grove Football Netball Club president Tony Potter said.

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AWPA Sydney News: A simple way we can all support West Papua. Download new film "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

How to help West Papua 
Punks for West Papua ( P4WP) have released  their new film on West Papua. Many people ask how can they  help West Papua. A simple way people can help  is by downloading the film. The funds raised are being generously donated to the West Papuan umbrella organisation , The United Liberation Movement For West Papua (ULMWP) . In a series of nation wide gigs last year the Punks raised over $6000 for the ULMWP. All people can help the West Papuan struggle by supporting this initiative. 
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2RRR: Radio Active "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Saturday 16 January 
6 – 8pm Radioactive
Sydney-based songstress Martha Marlow will be in the studio to chat about her work, play some tunes and take control of the decks.



Medicinal cannabis advocates and drug law reform groups have warned that a medicinal cannabis trial recently given the green light by the Victorian Government will be overly regulated and cause many people to “fall through the cracks.”


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Thursday, 14 January


Mountain Journal: Coalition calls for re-introduction of cattle grazing trials "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The Nationals candidate for the federal seat of Indi, Marty Corboy, and federal Liberal candidate Sophie Mirabella have called on the Victorian Labor Government to resume an abandoned scientific trial of high country cattle grazing. This was reported by The Weekly Times. If you think this is a bad idea, there is an online poll attached to the Weekly Times news story.

Grazing in the alpine park is a matter for the state government (although any resumption of grazing would also require approval by the federal environment minister).

At present the ALP are in power in Victoria. The next election is not until 2018. If at that point the Coalition controlled both houses of Parliament they could overturn the legislation which currently bans a resumption of grazing.

Given this is three years away, it seems that Mr Corboy and Ms Mirabella are just indulging in some good old fashioned populist politics which are not really connected to outcomes in the real world.

After the embarrassing loss to the independent candidate Cathy McGowan, the Coalition is desperate to reclaim the seat. Ms McGowan does not support the reintroduction of cattle to the high country.

The negative impacts of cattle grazing on the alpine environment are well documented.



09:11 Massacre hoaxes blown wide open – US Government should stand condemned "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Gun confiscation v people control

The best expose ever done of the US Government using actors to portray shooting massacres such as Sandy Hook that the evidence so abundantly shows was a tragic hoax designed to remove guns from law abiding US citizens and naturally Australia by default. No children were shot and aggrieved parents were played by actors.


This is some very detailed work, which I think, at the very least should cause people to question the official reality of the “Sandy Hook shooting”. I think this
YouTuber does an excellent job of tearing this case apart.I’m not obsessed with this case,as I’ve become appropriately numbed by the proliferation of false flag mass-shootings during the Obama Administration. These dozens of “tragedies”, these naked,
agenda-driven, made-for-TV set pieces are invariably followed by hand-wringing broadcasts touting gun control, at a time when gun crime in the US has been steadily
going down and is lower than it’s been in decades.

Now, this crocodile tear-rolling Predator Dronemeister wants to amend the Constitution, wants us to believe that he cares about anybody, let alone the American people…His duplicitous antics are too sick for words.

It’s been proven that gun control cannot work in the US, where the Right to Bear Arms has been enshrined since the country’s found...

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Wednesday, 13 January


James O'Brien: Jumaadi at Watters Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Kate, a friend of hers and I went to the opening of the Jumaadi exhibition at Sydney’s Watters Gallery. I first met Jumaadi a couple of years ago, as he was part of the exhibition, Crossing Boundaries curated by Kate, as part of Lunar New Year celebrations in Sydney. Jumaadi is from Indonesia, but has lived in Australia for a number of years.

Though I wasn’t a fan of the paintings in this exhibition, I REALLY loved the papercuts, and I REALLY loved the installation work. The papercuts were beautiful. As they were hanged throughout the exhibition space, there were lots of opportunities to “engage” with them.

And the installation? There was so much to see. A wonderfully engaging work of faces, limbs and even shoes! As there were lots of people taking photographs of the installation work, I really hope the exhibition is successful and he makes lots of sales.

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The Shepparton Adviser: New graduates start at GV Health "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

New graduates start at GV Health

LATEST INFLUX OF GRADS… From left (back), Medical Graduates, Ron Chan, Patrick Dhar, Alexandru Roman, Alexander Courtney, Paul Machado, Brianna Hatswell, Ja Hyuk (Brian) Koo, Rishi Narenthiran, Rathin Gosavi, Timothy Williamson, Oagile Mogomotsi. (Middle), Qinghui (Paul) Qian, Jad Jurji, Emily Hargreaves, Veronica Stubbs, Marina Caulfield, Xiao (Jack) Liao, Ankita Singh, Ryan Evans, Jithmi Peiris, Sung-Lin Yang, Wilson Yang. (Front), Alfred Yang, Vincent Wei, Caroline Shipley, Hye-Sang Shin, Cheryl Ng, Felanita Hutani, Jia (Sean) Hui, Roshini Nadaraja, Azaliya Abdullah and Juen Nin Woon. Photo: Emma Hillier.

THE latest influx of medical graduates started their year with GV Health last week, which saw an extra two positions opened taking the number to 32, an increase from last year’s intake. The graduates will be taken through the paces over the coming 12 months, rotating through the surgical, medical and emergency departments.


Radio Blue Mountains 89.1: Soul Groove Kid classes "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

img_2587-1 jpg SoulGrooveKids is a creative dance class for mums/dads and bubs aged 6 months to 4 years. It introduces children to the joy of music and dance, movement with ribbon sticks, percussion instruments, simple learnt dances, dress ups, creative play with bubbles and yoga. The class also caters for mums/dads to get a bit of exercise and enjoy a relaxation.This is a vibrant and soulful way to start the day! Monday mornings at 10.30 am to 11.15am at the Blackheath Community Centre in the Bates Hall. Early bird price of $100 for 10 weeks to be paid by the 22nd of June. $15 a class if you come on a casual basis. Email Sasha to reserve your place at You can also check out

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Tuesday, 12 January


News: Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener Commemoration Broadcast "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

These portraits were painted by Thomas Bock between 1831 and 1835 and published in James Fenton’s History of Tasmania Hobart, 1884

This year marks the 174th anniversary of the execution of the two Freedom Fighters: Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner. They were executed on 20 January 1842 on the corner of Bowen & Franklin Streets Melbourne. 3CR will again be broadcasting the commemoration LIVE on Wednesday 20 January from 12 - 1pm on 855AM, digital and streaming. There will be special guest speakers hosted by Joe Toscano from Anarchist World This Week, plus a short open mic session.

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